Oceanside Double Century, 194 miles, 14, 600 ft., was designed for ultra-distance cyclists want to enjoy a variety of scenery, with very few
signal lights, stop signs, traffic, on good paved roads. This ride starts earlier in the morning, riding past the Light House, and pier, to
Carlsbad,then turns inland at Encinitas, thus avoiding beach crowds. Heading east to climb the five mile Ramona grade, still in quiet
morning hours, it then connects to Old Julian (back) Rd., another five mile climb, and on over to Santa Ysabel for Apple Pie. There is one
more seven mile 4-6%mountain type climb to the summit, Julian, where you may pass the one-horse buggy walking along the one block.
Next, comes an awesome 17 mile descent down Banner Grade into the beautiful California desert on a flat road with two half mile
chocolate-chip type hills, then flats with a tailwind, usually,that eventually lead to the left –fork turn towards the town of Borrego.
At this turn, there is a 2 mile climb, with about an 8 mile descent that overlooks another view of the Borrego desert, leading you to the
middle of Borrego, which again, you will ride through without a signal or stop sign. Here in the middle of town is a traffic circle with a park
in the middle of it; your lunch area, filled with beautiful palm trees, and a view of the mountains surrounding the area. From here, you
head west on the main road giving a three mile warm-up before you begin your climb out, on Montezuma grade. This eleven mile
mountain climb is your major climb of the ride, with temperatures warm, but not as hot as they could be, and with the winds on the
last 4-5 miles picking up gradually from breezes to possibly very windy, but nothing you probably haven’t ridden in before, as a
distance rider. On the other side is a long, ten mile sweeping, fun, downhill, that you earned. Eventually you’ll make your way on
over to Lake Henshaw for a Rest Stop, then continue riding that same flat road that’s along the base of Mt. Palomar, over to another
five mile descent, on the way to Cold Grade Rd Fruit Smoothie Rest Stop.
This next climb, right after the Rest Stop, is bowl shaped, keeping the last part of this climb hidden…but once you see it, you will now
know to expect it and are psychologically prepared for this 9%, grade that is less than a mile, but seems longer. This is the steepest part
on the entire route, and now behind you, as you make your way on over to Lilac Road, a 1-3% grade back road, to a ten mile descent.
The rest of the terrain is flat, 15 miles, all the way back to Oceanside; with the last seven miles on the bike path, ending at the ocean.
194 miles are not quite 200, but the climbing makes up for the lack of miles, and the beauty on backroads is worth it. This ride has
full support, along with 6 Rest Stops plus dinner at the Finish. Time limit is approx. 20:30 and is a timed event; not a race.
If coming from out of the area you may want to consider taking the train, whereby you can hang up your bike, keeping your eye on it, and,
the station is just a mile from the ride Start/Finish. If driving, the host hotel is a half mile from the first Oceanside exit, if coming from the
north. There is a large parking lot, a half mile south, if driving in that morning. This is a California Triple Crown approved Double Century.